The Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) protects the water quality and ecological health of the Upper South Platte Watershed, through the cooperative efforts of watershed stakeholders, with emphasis placed on community values and economic sustainability.

May 1, 2020 To Friends and Supporters of CUSP,

All of us at the Coalition for the Upper South Platte are looking forward to an upcoming busy and productive warm season when we can do it safely.  Like most everyone else, our staff is working from home and limiting public activity. For an organization who prides ourselves in realizing “boots-on-the-ground” work it has been challenging.

But, we still believe that by working together we can accomplish amazing things. Now more than ever, we are called upon to make a difference for our community and our watershed.

The necessary slowdown of field work has giving CUSP the opportunity to plan the wrap up of ongoing projects, plan for new projects, and pull together partners and funders for opportunities in forestry, river restoration, water quality and trail work. We have developed safety protocols to effectively complete our work while protecting our staff, volunteers, property owners, and the public.

Your generosity has made a difference for the Upper South Platte. Because of you CUSP is able to offer our support to the community, perhaps in a different way now, but with no less passion and commitment. Please contact us if you need something that we can help with.

Yours gratefully,

Carol Ekarius
Executive Director Emeritus

John Geerdes
Executive Director

Jonathan Bruno
Senior Operations Director

Michelle Connelly
Operations Director

And all the staff at CUSP

Since 1998 CUSP has worked to protect the 1.6 million-acre watershed that reaches from the Continental Divide to Strontia Springs Reservoir, southwest of Denver. The watershed is a recreational mecca with over 1 million acres of public lands; it provides municipal water for about three quarters of Colorado’s residents; it is renowned for its “gold-medal” fishing streams; and it is home to numerous threatened and endangered species.

The Upper South Platte Watershed varies in elevation from about 6,000 to over 14,000 feet above sea level and contains five major municipal and several smaller reservoirs.

CUSP works with partners to provide essential services such as project planning, implementation, and monitoring within the watershed. Our commitment to the land and the people it serves is unparalleled. CUSP’s crews work tirelessly, whether on-the-ground or in the boardroom, to ensure communication, cooperation and completion of vital programs. Working with volunteers, we plant thousands of trees each year, restore habitat, and improve recreational opportunities. Our crews also remove damaged and diseased trees, and help reduce wildfire threats in our communities.


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